Which writers influenced you the most? Most of the writers who have inf luenced me the most are not mountaineering authors. I love to read and reread Simone de Beauvoir, Pico Iyer, Terry Tempest Williams, Donna Tartt, Yann Martel, Alice Munro, Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway. A writer who inf luenced me a lot, and who also wrote a climbing book, was James Salter. He was so talented he could write about anything.